Our Replicated for Australia chair is currently on display as part of 26 Original Fakes during this year’s Melbourne Design Week. Friends & Associates invited 26 contemporary Australian designers to reconfigure and exhibit an existing replica design as a way to deconstruct how the design object is valued. Questioning how replica furniture draws focus to issues of authenticity, creative practice and the commercial market, the first realisation of Friends & Associates takes the theme ‘Design Values’ to consider how the design community can hack and reevaluate the replica. Each contributor was given a replica Jasper Morrison HAL Wood Chair to ‘redesign’. Our Replicated for Australia chair commented on the lack of rights for Australian designers when it comes to protecting their designs as opposed to the strong laws abroad.
Also part of Melbourne Design Week, Undervalued is an exhibition to display beautiful objects and designs that might otherwise be overlooked by many due to their
price. In a society where value is often associated with price, the objects were chosen to expand the appreciation for what good design can and should mean. A selection of designers and creatives were asked to submit their favourite design costing up to $2, €2, and ¥200. Items included wooden coat hangers, little soy sauce fish bottles, a HB pencil and the Australian $2 coin itself.
Both exhibitions can be seen at Watchmaker, 296 Smith Street, Collingwood, from the 16th to 26th of March.